Acquire the skillset of a true historian in the historically rich city of Cambridge. Discover many historical and interdisciplinary approaches, develop advanced research techniques, learn to think critically and solve complex problems – crucial skills for your future career.
Prof Lucy Bland’s research has given ‘Brown Babies’ a sense of well-being, empowerment and a knowledge of their heritage, creating a self-sustaining community for the future.Britain's 'Brown Babies' tell their story WW2 'Brown Babies': A little-known part of British 20th century history
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Our MA History will introduce you to contrasting periods and forms of history (social, cultural, political, digital) and different research methods. You'll access current forms of historical thinking exploring issues around material culture, race, the spatial turn and globalisation.
Through studying MA History at ARU, you’ll become part of a vibrant postgraduate community. Based in the beautiful and historically significant city of Cambridge, you'll be in the midst of a dynamic academic environment, benefiting from our many links with local organisations and access to archives including the Cambridgeshire Collection, The Archives Centre at Churchill College, the Cambridge University Library and Imperial War Museum, Duxford. London and the British Library are only 50 mins away on the train.
You’ll use different historical and interdisciplinary approaches and acquire the skillset of a true historian, not just an antiquarian, able to think critically and solve complex problems – identified by the World Economic Forum as amongst the most required skills for the future workforce.
You'll also become an independent learner, able to manage your own projects and research in a confident and flexible manner, devise and sustain arguments and solve problems successfully. You'll develop transferable skills which will enhance your prospects of employment and of promotion.
Such skills are transferable to careers in research, administration, teaching, heritage, fundraising, librarianship, archivism, marketing, IT-related industries and the media, as well as doctoral study.
You'll be taught by leading experts in their field who will share their knowledge and skills with you. Many of our staff are award winning, such as Professor Lucy Bland, whose book Britain’s Brown Babies won the Social History Society Prize for Best Social History Book for 2019.
Graduation does not have to be the end of your time with us. You can choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as a PhD in History, which a number of our MA graduates are currently undertaking.
The impact of our History research was judged as "world-leading" in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).
Course Leader: Dr Joseph Harley
Dr Joseph Harley considers how our traditional view of the workhouse might be inaccurate.
Read about Lucy's award-winning research on Britain's 'Brown Babies' and her current work on race relations in the 1930s.Spotlight on Professor Lucy Bland
Professor of Social and Cultural History Lucy Bland talks about her award-winning research on Britain's 'Brown Babies' and her current work on race relations in the 1930s.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Prof Lucy Bland
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The skills you develop in our MA History will transfer across a range of careers, as well as provide a gateway to PhD research.
By exploring how to make the past available to a wider public, you will open up careers in the heritage industry, archives and museums.
You will also become an independent learner, able to manage your own projects and research in a confident and flexible manner, devise and sustain arguments and solve problems successfully.
Such skills are transferable to careers in teaching, business, the media, arts administration, fundraising, librarianship, marketing, IT-related industries and many others.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD in History or PhD in Sociology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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